Fukushima Radiation Plume Hit Southern and Central California

The Journal Environmental Science and Technology reports in a new study that the Fukushima radiation plume contacted North America at California “with greatest exposure in central and southern California”, and that Southern California’s seaweed tested over 500% higher for radioactive  iodine-131 than anywhere else in the U.S. and Canada:

Projected paths of the radioactive atmospheric plume emanating from the Fukushima reactors, best described as airborne particles or aerosols for 131I, 137Cs, and 35S, and subsequent atmospheric monitoring showed it coming in contact with the North American continent at California, with greatest exposure in central and southern California. Government monitoring sites in Anaheim (southern California) recorded peak airborne concentrations of 131I at 1.9 pCi m−3

Anaheim is where Disneyland is located.

EneNews summarizes the data:

Corona Del Mar (Highest in Southern California)

  • 2.5 Bq/gdwt (gram dry weight)= 2,500 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Santa Cruz (Highest in Central California)

  • 2.0 Bq/gdwt = 2,000 Bq/kg of dry seaweed

Simon Fraser University in Canada also tested North American seaweed after Fukushima:

  • “In samples of dehydrated seaweed taken on March 15 near the North Vancouver SeaBus terminal, the count was zero; on March 22 it was 310 Bq per kilogram; and by March 28 it was 380 Bq/kg.” -Vancouver Sun
  • Seaweed in Seattle also tested positive for iodine-131; levels were not reported -KIRO
  • No results after March 28 were reported

In addition, radioactive debris is starting to wash up on the Pacific Coast. And because the Japanese are burning radioactive materials instead of disposing of them, .

Of course, the government is doing everything it can to help citizens cover up what’s occurring. We pointed out in January:

Instead of doing much to try to protect their citizens from Fukushima, Japan, the U.S. and the EU all just raised the radiation levels they deem “safe”.

Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that high-level friends in the State Department told him that Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food not being tested for radioactive materials [see this].

And the Department of Energy is trying to replace the scientifically accepted model of the dangers of low dose radiation based on voodoo science. Specifically, DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley Labs used a mutant line of human cells in a petri dish which was able to repair damage from low doses of radiation, and extrapolated to the unsupported conclusion that everyone is immune to low doses of radiation….


American and Canadian authorities have virtually stopped monitoring airborne radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation. (Indeed, the EPA reacted to Fukushima by raising “acceptable” radiation levels.)

So – as in Japan – radiation is usually discovered by citizens and the handful of research scientists with funding to check, and not the government. See this, this, this, this, this and this.

The Japanese government’s entire strategy from day one has been to cover up the severity of the Fukushima accident. This has likely led to unnecessary, additional deaths.

Indeed, the core problem is that all of the world’s nuclear agencies are wholly captured by the nuclear industry … as are virtually all of the supposedly independent health agencies.

So the failure of the American, Canadian and other governments to test for and share results is making it difficult to hold an open scientific debate about what is happening.

And it’s not just radiation from Japan.  An effort by the Southern California Edison power company to secretly ramp up production to avoid public disclosure may have led to a leak at the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

And see these articles on California radiation exposure courtesy of EneNews:

Category: Energy, Think Tank

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9 Responses to “California Slammed With Fukushima Radiation”

  1. Barnnie says:

    Hillary C. will take care of this & it will all slip-slide away……… (her old ‘cattle trade’ days taught her how to stonewall issues…)

  2. Fredex says:

    When Fukushima Fuked up I stockpiled cans of tuna and salmon.

    Kits for building you own Geiger counters are available in the hundred dollar range. Google is your friend.

  3. Simon says:

    When its too hard to deal with put it in the too hard basket. Wait for public interest-concern to mount to minimum threshold levels before acknowledging anything untoward exists. When the first concern threshold is reached go into “information gathering mode” still don’t acknowledge anything just say more data is required. When the next concern threshold is reached deny all prior knowledge and lay the blame at the feet of the biggest target ie Japan. When public concern reaches outcry level get as many experts as possible to be down play the issue.

    I mean what do you expect them to do? Promote the wholesale evacuation of California? Japan won’t do it in the dangerous parts of Japan and neither will US leaders do it in California. It just won’t happen. Look after number yourself and yours first and foremost. Do not expect to get timely advise from the leadership. Their interests are vastly different to yours.

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  5. BeerdedOne says:

    Anonymous blogger ‘Washington’s Blog’ recycling year old news mashups to generate alarmist headlines. Barry, your site is too good for this type of ‘news’.

  6. JesseLivermore says:

    Did you bother to look up how much radiation is 2000 Bq? It’s virtually nothing. The average human body naturally has 4400 Bq from decaying potassium (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Becquerel). The increase in radioactive iodine, cesium, and strontium is detectable because the baseline is nearly zero, but that doesn’t mean it has any measurable public health consequences.

    Given that people are, in general, very bad at judging the appropriate response to “invisible” risks like radiation, it makes sense that the public health authorities aren’t going to advertise small increases.

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